Dr. Anthony Roberts: Eye Movement Speed Reduced in People with Glaucoma

Since 2003, Dr. Anthony Roberts has served as the Chief of Ophthalmology at Shady Grove Ophthalmology in Rockville, Maryland. Dr. Anthony Roberts has performed over 55,000 refractive eye surgeries during his career, including Lasik surgery. He also treats many patients with severe eye diseases such as glaucoma.

New research from the Glaucoma Research Society of Canada suggests that people with glaucoma lose more than just their visual fields. In a recent study, scientists tracked the saccadic eye movements of people who suffer from glaucoma. (Saccadic eye movements occur when both eyes move together to scan the environment. They play an important role in reading, walking, and driving.) The researchers discovered that for all patients with glaucoma, even those in the very early stages of the disease, the saccadic eye movements were 15 percent slower than for the general population. This delay is similar to the one that occurs in people who are drunk, and explains why people with glaucoma have trouble reading, fall frequently, and are involved in car accidents, even when their visual fields are only mildly impaired.

Currently, a cure for glaucoma does not exist, but therapies can slow its progression. If a person experiences frequent falls, experiences a series of car accidents and near misses, or has trouble reading, he or she should schedule an appointment with a qualified ophthalmologist for further evaluation.


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Dr. Anthony Roberts

LASIK surgery is the number-one elective surgery in the United States, and Dr. Anthony Roberts, operating out of his private practice, Shady Grove Ophthalmology, is one of the most experienced LASIK surgeons in the greater Washington, DC region. Located in Rockville, Maryland, Shady Grove Ophthalmology features state-of-the-art technologies to match the training and care provided by its physicians. Dr. Roberts has performed over 55,000 refractive surgeries in his 15 years of experience, and he holds certification to perform laser surgery using VISX technology. Before opening his own practice, Dr. Anthony Roberts earned his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. While there, he received acclaim for his ophthalmology research. He served as Chief Resident while completing his residency at Nassau University Medical Center and Stony Brook University. Currently, he acts as Chairman of Ophthalmology at Shady Grove Hospital. An avid football fan, Dr. Anthony Roberts also holds the distinction of being the Chief Ophthalmologist for the Washington Redskins. Individuals who visit LASIK surgeon Dr. Anthony Roberts will receive an honest appraisal of their vision needs. Dr. Roberts and his staff at Shady Grove Ophthalmology pride themselves on providing premium care. This begins with a frank assessment of the patient's vision, followed by a discussion of the benefits and risk of LASIK corrective eye surgery. Whatever the treatment, Dr. Anthony Roberts upholds a commitment to providing personalized care at Shady Grove Ophthalmology. To schedule an appointment or to learn more information, please visit the website at ShadyGroveOphthalmology.com or call the office at (301) 279-0600.

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